other day with a resemblance of mine hostess at Brandon to old Sarazin. You must know, the ladies of Norfolk universally wear periwigs, and affirm that it is the fashion at London. ' Lord, Mrs. White, have you been ill, that you have shaved your head ?' Mrs. White, in all the days of my acquaintance with her, had .a professed head of red hair : to-day, she had no hair at all before, and at a distance above her ears, I descried a smart brown bob, from beneath which had escaped some long strings of original scarlet—so like old Sarazin at two in the morning, when she has been losing at pharaoh, and clawed her wig aside, and her old trunk is shaded with the venerable white ivy of her own locks.
I agree with you, that it would be too troublesome to send me the things now the quarantine exists, except the gun-barrels for Lord Conway, the length of which I know nothing about, being, as you conceive, no sportsman. I must send you, with the Life of Theodore, a vast pamphlet4 in defence of the new administration, which makes the greatest noise. It is written, as supposed, by Dr. Pearse5, of St. Martin's, whom Lord Bath lately made a dean ; the matter furnished by him. There is a good deal of useful knowledge of the famous change to be found in it, and much more impudence. Some parts are extremely fine ; in particular, the answer to the Hanoverian pamphlets, where he has collected the flower of all that was said in defence of that measure. Had you those pamphlets ? I will make up a parcel: tell me what other books you would have: I will send you nothing else, for if I give you the least bauble, it
* Faction Detected. Walpole.
5 Mr. Pearse, afterwards Bishop o£ Bangor. He -was not the author, but Lord Perceval, afterwards Earl of Egmonfc. Wdipole.—Zachariah Pearoe (1690-1774), Vicar of St.
Martin's-ia-the-Kelds, and Dean of Winchester. He became Bishop of Bangor in 1748; Bishop of Rochester and Dean of Westminster, 1756. He resigned the deanery in 1769.